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The New York Times includes The Power of Adrienne Rich in its list of Top Books of 2020. Dwight Garner writes, “Holladay humanizes Rich without rendering her less thorny, and she’s an adept reader of the poems. “

In the Washington Blade’s review, Kathi Wolfe says, “With the skill of a novelist, [Holladay] illuminates Rich’s life from her birth in Baltimore in 1929 to her death in Santa Cruz, Calif, in 2012.”

In The Boston Globe, reviewer Julia M. Klein writes, “One of the great virtues of Holladay’s narrative is how skillfully it integrates jargon-free textual analysis of the poetry and uses it to trace Rich’s personal and political metamorphoses. While Rich is most familiar as the lesbian feminist of the 1970s, Holladay also makes the case for her later political poetry and her efforts to wrestle with her Jewish identity, ambivalently bequeathed to her by her father.”

The Atlantic’s review by Stephanie Burt describes The Power of Adrienne Rich as a “capacious, generous biography.”

The Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Hamilton Cane writes, “Now comes Hilary Holladay’s taut, engaging “The Power of Adrienne Rich,” which plumbs the career of one of our more complex writers and activists, who, early on, tracked along the same trajectory as Plath and Sexton, but then rocketed into an orbit that blended poetics with politics in dazzling, uncompromising fashion.”

Writing in Library Journal, Sarah Schroeder describes The Power of Adrienne Rich as “exceptionally well-researched and detailed” and “a definitive portrait of Rich.”

To purchase the book, contact your favorite bookstore or go to the Penguin Random House order page.

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